Join more than 1,400 Minnesotans who track the health of their favorite lake or stream — become a citizen water monitor today! Citizens in every county can join the water quality movement by becoming water monitor through the MPCA’s Citizen Monitoring Programs. All equipment & training are free!
The Isanti SWCD rents a seed drill suitable for planting native grasses and wildflowers. Cost is $12/acre; $150 minimum within Isanti County; $250 minimum outside of Isanti County. Security deposit $161.81 at time of rental. Call Matthew Remer at 763-689-3271 to schedule.
Our office is now open to the public! We are here to help you Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Staff may not be in the office at all times due to the outdoor nature of our work. Consider calling our office before your visit at 763-689-3271. See the Contact Us page for other ways to contact staff members.
This year, the Isanti SWCD has two Supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place in November 2022. Individuals interested in natural resources and water quality should consider filing by May 31st, 2022 to run for the position of Supervisor of the Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).
“Supervisors play an important role in how our community deals with a wide variety of resource management issues, including water quality, soil erosion, stormwater management, agricultural conservation and land protection” noted Tiffany Determan, District Manager with the Isanti SWCD. “Serving as a supervisor is a terrific opportunity for people who want a voice in how we manage our environment and place conservation on the land” she said.
To be a candidate for supervisor election you must: • File for candidacy with the Isanti County auditor’s office from May 17th through May 31st, • Complete the Minnesota Affidavit of Candidacy and pay a filing fee, • Live in the district you with to be elected to. Nomination districts up for election this year are District 2 and District 5. SWCD Supervisors serve four year terms. District 2 includes Bradford, Athens, and Oxford Township. District 5 includes North Branch and Isanti Townships. Supervisors meet monthly at public board meetings, generally held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 8:00 a.m. Many supervisors also participate in sub-committee meetings or represent the District in regional conservation groups and organizations. The primary responsibilities of Supervisors are to set the district’s priorities and vision while supporting the staff’s work to achieving their goals. The monthly time commitment can be roughly 4 to 12 hours, based on each Supervisor’s level of engagement. Supervisors are compensated for time and mileage for approved meetings. Additional information about the SWCD can be obtained by calling Tiffany Determan, SWCD Manager, at 763-689-3271 or by visiting www.isantiswcd.org
We have made a short storyboard that will take you through the progress made on Green Lake.
This video was created by the Lower St. Croix Watershed as part of their 2021 Virtual tour. You can click through the entire tour here: https://www.lsc1w1p.org/virtual-project-tour
Congratulations to the Wyanett Town Board for receiving the 2021 Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District’s Outstanding Conservationist Award! Each year the Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District (or SWCD), in partnership with our state association, the MN Association of SWCDs, recognizes an individual or organization for their outstanding accomplishments in implementing conservation practices and improving Minnesota’s natural resources. This year the Isanti SWCD board of supervisors voted unanimously to award the Wyanett Town Board as our Outstanding Conservationists. .
Kevin Schlipp and his wife have been conservation minded for years. Therefore, when they started learning about cover crops in farmer magazines and from long time practicer Dave Medvecky (part of the Isanti SWCD board), they decided to try them. Kevin has been using cover crops for two years now, and joined the Isanti SWCD Cover Crop Program last year.Kevin uses a cover crop mix of buckwheat, crimson clover, radish, winter peas, and some soybeans. He chose his mix using the advice of Dave and the NRCS and SWCD staff. When the buckwheat is in bloom the farm is a rolling field of flowers that attracts many bees. However, Kevin’s favorite benefit of the cover crops are not the bumbling bees on his property. Instead, he has noticed “very few weeds breaking out and coming through once the cover crop has been established.” This saves him time, money and chemicals. The weed protection of cover crops encourages Kevin to keep using them, as he says, “If I can get by with using less chemicals that is a motivating factor for me.” When Kevin was asked why cover crops and conservation was important to him, he responded immediately: “Well, conservation is for all of us.” Cover crops improve soil health and water quality which benefits both the farmer and the environment.
2021 was a busy year for Isanti SWCD. Click here to read all about our most recent Conservation programs and priorities. We would like to send out a special thank you to all our Federal, State, and Local partners who support our mission to preserve, protect and enhance water quality, soil, and other natural resources in Isanti County. We’re already planning great things for 2022 including targeted agricultural outreach, lakeshore restorations on Green Lake, and conservation planning in the Lower St. Croix Watershed.
One of our conservation technicians got to speak with KBEK about their work. Todd Kulaf discussed the Isanti SWCD and his conservation project at Spectacle Lake. Thank you to KBEK for talking to us! If you missed it you can listen to it here.